President Myung-bak Lee of the Republic of Korea, greeted the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Evaluation Commission at an informal welcome reception Tuesday where he reaffirmed his dedicated support of PyeongChang 2018’s Winter Olympic Games bid and his personal commitment to help bring the Winter Games to Korea for the first time in the country’s history.
The commission is in PyeongChang where it will be inspecting the city’s bid this week.
He told the IOC that PyeongChang’s bid has the absolute backing of all levels of government in Korea, and emphasized Korea’s strong cross-party political support, stating that the Korean central government, the Gangwon provincial government, and the PyeongChang municipal government have pledged to honour all required IOC guarantees. This includes the funding of infrastructure development costs and confirmation that 100 per cent of the land for the proposed 2018 Winter Games venues is secured.
President Lee was joined at the reception by senior members of the bid committee, including Chairman and CEO Yan Ho Cho, as well as Korean IOC members Kun Hee Lee and Dae Sung Moon.
Also at the reception were Parliamentary members, mayors of venue cities PyeongChang and Gangneung, Korea’s Olympic Committee president Yong Sung Park, representatives of Korean Winter Sports Federations, and Korean athletes.
Following the reception President Lee met with senior bid committee members, local government officials and all parties relevant to the preparations of the IOC visit to PyeongChang 2018.